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Luxury

Best of Japan & China

Tokyo to Shanghai
27 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: JAC27
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Geisha experience evening

In the former capital, Kyoto, interact with geiko or maiko during an evening of traditional entertainment and dinner.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Evocative and sobering, see the collection of items salvaged from the aftermath of the catastrophic atomic bomb.

Dine at the Great Wall

Be the envy of your friends with a private chef-prepared buffet lunch along a quiet stretch of the Great Wall of China.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 13 destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in 7 locations
  • Luxury dining - a total of 63 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert APT Tour Director
  • Return airport transfers, porterage and gratuities

Map & Itinerary

Asia Map JAC24 2020
Tokyo to Shanghai

Designed Exclusively for APT guests

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Choose from a variety of included dining options sure to tantalise the tastebuds of every guest

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

Welcome to the Land of the Rising Sun! We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to spend however you like. Tonight, head back to your hotel for a welcome reception.

Stay: Three Nights, InterContinental Tokyo Bay

It’s your first full day in Japan. Begin your day with a visit to Meiji Shrine, dedicated to Emperor Meiji. It’s then onto the Samurai Museum, where you’ll have the chance to learn all about these honour-bound warriors. For some retail therapy and a dose of local culture, head to Ginza, Tokyo’s most exclusive shopping mecca. The afternoon is yours at leisure before a welcome dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Meet a retired sumo wrestler and hear stories from their heyday.


The morning is off to an exciting start with a visit to the Sumo Museum, where you will gain an in-depth insight into Japan’s national sport. After, it’s time to see a sumo demonstration for yourself. If you’re up for it, you might like to try a round of wrestling. After lunch at a local restaurant, head to Asakusa for a wander through old Tokyo before passing Thunder Gate entrance to Sensoji temple. Next stop is the Tokyo Skytree, a television broadcasting tower and the tallest structure in Japan.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Sensoji temple in Asakusa district in Tokyo

Hakone is a city renowned for its natural beauty, and that’s where you’re heading. En route, visit Honma Yosegi Museum to admire the Edo-period artisan crafts exhibition. After stopping for lunch, you’ll ride the Hakone Ropeway and, if the sky is clear, see Mt Fuji. Cap off your day with a visit to the Hakone Open-Air Museum.

Stay: Hakone Kowakien Ten-yu

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Board a bullet train to Kanazawa. On arrival, visit the Kenroku-en Garden, one of Japan’s most beautiful landscaped gardens. At the old castle town, a tour includes the Nagamachi Samurai district and the Nomura Samurai House, a traditional Japanese home from the Edo period. Dinner is at a local restaurant.

Stay: Two Nights, Hotel Nikko Kanazawa

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Tonight, choose to dine on locally sourced seafood at La PLAGE, or traditional Japanese cuisine at Benkay.


Head out this morning to explore the Higashi Chaya district, where you may spot some of Kanazawa’s geishas. Learn the history of gold leaf art and create your very own set of gold leaf chopsticks. The historic village of Shirakawa-go is your next stop. Take a stroll, admiring the Gassho-zukkuri farmhouses.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

For dinner, perhaps feast on an all-you-can-eat buffet at Bridges, or savour a Japanese Kaiseki course meal at Miyabi Tei.


A bullet train takes you to Hiroshima, where, upon arrival, you’ll have free time. Tonight, choose where you’d like to go for dinner.

Stay: Two Nights, Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Spend the morning at the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Once the political and commercial hub of the city, the park now stands as a sombre reminder of the importance of peace. From here, a brief ferry ride takes you to Miyajima Island, where you’ll see the iconic ‘Floating Torii Gate’. Drawing visitors from all over the world, the gate gives the illusion of floating atop the water at high tide.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Damaged building in peace park, Hiroshima

Board the train bound for Kyoto. On arrival, you’ll take part in a tea ceremony, dressing in traditional Japanese attire, before strolling through Higashiyama district in the hopes of seeing a geisha.

Stay: Four Nights, The Thousand Kyoto

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Experience the art of conversation and dancing during dinner with genuine geiko (geisha) or maiko (apprentice geisha).

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps take a rickshaw tour through Arashiyama’s famous bamboo groves. Or follow Philosopher’s path on a walking tour and visit Ginkakuji temple.


Discover the cultural capital of Japan on a full day tour. Visit Kinkakuji (the Golden Pavilion), as well as Nijo Castle and its immaculate surrounding gardens. After lunch, the afternoon is yours to shape with your choice of activity. Tonight, enjoy a Signature Experience.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

In the former capital, Nara, visit the iconic Todaiji temple, located within the popular Nara Park. Also coined ‘Deer Park’ by many, you’ll see hundreds of roaming deer who will enthusiastically bow in exchange for treats. Continue on to the Kasuga Taisha shrine, first established in AD768. After lunch at a local restaurant, return to Kyoto and stop by at the Sake Brewery Museum where you’ll relish the chance to sample the local brew. Cap off the day with a visit to the Fushimi Inari Shrine where you’ll receive a Shinto blessing by a priest.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Your farewell dinner is accompanied by the rhythmic beat of a traditional taiko performance.


Unleash your inner celebrity chef with a ramen making workshop this morning. When it comes to a delicious bowl of ramen, it’s all about the broth, seasoning, noodles and toppings. Have a go mastering the art yourself, and then enjoy your hard work for lunch. The rest of the afternoon is yours to while away however you like. Tonight, a farewell dinner is the perfect way to end to your trip.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Pink sky with reflection across lake towards a golden temple, Japan

A new day, a new country. We’ll meet you on arrival and transfer you to your hotel. After settling in, you’ll have plenty of time to relax.

Stay: Three Nights, Regent Hotel Beijing

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  • Breakfast

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit a private section of the Forbidden City. Once used as the living quarters of Emperor Qianlong, this section is not usually open to the general public.


There’s so much to see and do in China’s capital. Your first full day in Beijing begins with a tour of Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest city square. You’ll then enjoy your first Signature Experience. The afternoon is at leisure before an evening indulging at an authentic Peking duck banquet.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit a private section of the Forbidden City. Once used as the living quarters of Emperor Qianlong, this section is not usually open to the general public.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Attend a Peking Opera show at Qianmen Liyuan Theatre, or to watch a Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre.


Today you will make your way to the Great Wall of China. Tonight, there is an option of sightseeing.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Great Wall of China with the sun shining over the nearby hills, China

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Visit the Temple of Heaven to explore the place of worship. Or, perhaps head to the Hutong district by rickshaw and visit a local calligrapher’s home.


Seize the day with a choice of sightseeing. Later, on your way to the airport, explore the modern 798 Art Zone, a contemporary art district in Beijing. Fly to Yichang. On arrival, we will transfer you to your ship – the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer.

Stay: Four Nights, Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Draw back the curtains this morning to the spectacular scenery of the Three Gorges region. At the Three Gorges Dam, take a tour of the Three Gorges Project and exhibition. Back on board, pass through the longest of the Three Gorges, Xiling Gorge, cruising through Yellow Ox Gorge and under Huangling Temple. Toast the journey with a captain’s welcome reception and a special welcome dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

At Badong, a ferry takes you to a traditional Chinese sampan (longboat). Paddle down the river, looking around at the rich surrounding forest and towering rock formations. The nose of your sampan touches the shore at a local riverside village, where you’ll sneak a glimpse of rural Chinese life. Continue to Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge. Later, you might like to attend an arts and crafts lesson on board.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Start your day with a Tai Chi class up on the ship’s observation deck. Drop anchor at Fuling, a sleepy town along the Yangtze. Here, visit the 816 Underground Project, an old nuclear site hidden in the mountains. Shape your afternoon with a choice of activity. Perhaps attend a Chinese brush painting and calligraphy demonstration. You may prefer to play Mahjong, the ancient tile-based game. Or learn a little Mandarin. If you’re feeling peckish, opt for a dumpling making lesson run by the ship’s chef. Tonight, the Emperor’s farewell dinner includes a Chinese banquet feast.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

You might like to sample a range of different dishes with a buffet at the Grand Café, or feast on a Sichuan hotpot at #8 restaurant.


Disembark your cruise in Chongqing where you’ll board your high speed train to Chengdu. Upon arrival, head out for a stroll along the lantern-lined Jinli Old Street to peruse the local stalls and cafes. Choose where in your hotel you’d like to dine tonight.

Stay: Two Nights, Chengdu, Grand Hyatt Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit the famed Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Cuddly and curious, the giant panda is China’s national treasure, and this facility is dedicated to their conservation through education.


The morning is off to a delightful start with a Signature Experience. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to spend how you wish.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Stroll through the market stalls of the Muslim Quarter, sampling authentic street food. Or, dine on dumplings before a Tang Dynasty performance.


After breakfast head to the airport for your flight to Xi’an. This afternoon, join a city tour. Visit the ancient city wall, constructed in the 14th century during the early Ming Dynasty. Tonight, choose your sightseeing.

Stay: Two Nights, Xi’an, Shangri-La Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

For dinner, choose from a range of restaurant options.


Today you will explore one of the oldest cities in China. Head to a clay factory where terracotta soldiers are still being made. Spend the afternoon at the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses and the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Tonight, choose from three restaurants for dinner.


Today you’ll fly to Shanghai. On arrival, jump on the high-speed Maglev train which travels at an exhilarating 300 kilometres per hour. From Jesuit cathedrals, Jewish synagogues and Buddhist temples, you’ll notice right away the diverse range of architectural styles in Shanghai.

Stay: Three Nights, Shanghai, Fairmont Peace Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

You’ll have the best seats at an acrobatic show, a highlight for today.


This morning, head down to Shanghai’s waterfront for a Tai Chi lesson taught by a master. Veer off the beaten path and discover a new side to Shanghai with a vintage convertible Jeep ride. Later, stop at the Jin Mao Tower and take an elevator to the 88th floor viewing deck, where you’ll be whipping out your camera to capture those panoramic views of the city. This evening, enjoy your final Signature Experience.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps cruise the Huangpu River through the heart of the city, then explore Yu Garden and enjoy a traditional Chinese tea ceremony before a dim sum lunch. Or, you may prefer to join a walking tour through the French Concession area. Your final option is a full day excursion to Jinxi, an ancient water town. Discover the 36 bridges which arch over the town’s many water alleys, all built over several different dynasties. You’ll have time at leisure to explore before returning to the city.


Craft your day with a choice from three sightseeing experiences. A special farewell dinner is the perfect way to end your trip.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
City skyline view of Shanghai, China

Your journey draws to an end. We’ll transfer you to the airport for your onward flight home

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  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Deep mountain ravine to Yangtze river below

Four night Yangtze cruise

Admire stunning natural landscapes on a cruise through the Three Gorges region aboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer.

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Rail Travel

From Tokyo to Kanazawa, Kyoto to Osaka, travel on Japan's remarkable rail system, including a trip on the bullet train.

Luxury Hotel Stays

Stay in some of China's finest hotels such as Shanghai's Fairmont Peace Hotel.

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